False IDs aren’t uncommon among teens and young adults, who may use
them to gain access to age-restricted products, such as alcohol or tobacco.
Using a fake ID to buy alcohol or get into a club may seem like an innocent
offense, but it can lead to serious legal consequences.
Fake I.D. Laws in Texas
Using a fake ID is a form of
fraud, and you may break a number of laws by possessing one. Depending on how
it is used, you could be facing a number of related charges.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code §106.07 Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor
Using a counterfeit ID to purchase alcoholic beverages is punishable by
state law. This is a Class C misdemeanor. Penalties may include fines
up to $500, mandatory alcohol awareness classes, community service, and
Texas Transportation Code §521.451 Possession of a Fake ID
A minor who is in possession of a false ID is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Penalties may include up to 1 year in county jail and fines up to $4,000.
Texas Transportation Code §521.453 Fictitious License or Certificate
It is a Class C misdemeanor to create a fake ID. Penalties may include
fines up to $500, mandatory classes, court costs, community service, and
Texas Penal Code §37.10 Tampering With Governmental Record
The most serious charge you may be facing, tampering with a legitimate
government-issued identification card or driver’s license is subject
to particularly strict penalties. The charges can range from a Class C
misdemeanor to a second-degree felony. Typically, it is charged as a third-degree
felony, which requires penalties of 2 to 10 years in state prison and
a fine of up to $10,000.
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